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Get in the mood for a new Bond — for just $5

Dan Webster

Movie theaters are doing everything they can to lure us back into their fold. Latest example: AMC’s $5 Fan Faves promotion.

Two movies will open Friday at AMC River Park Square that will show older movies “the way they were meant to be seen,” that is, on the big screen. And for the bargain price of, yes, $5.

The first is “Gorillas in the Mist,” which will play one night only at 3 and 6:10 p.m. The 1988 film, which was directed by Michael Apted, tells the story of Dian Fossey (played by Sigourney Weaver), the primatolaglist who fought to save Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

In his review, the late Roger Ebert wrote this: “(T)he delicacy with which director Michael Apted developed the relationships between woman and beast was deeply absorbing. There were moments when I felt a touch of awe. Those moments, which are genuine, make the movie worth seeing.”

Besides being a throwback, the other film works as a preview of things to come. The 2006 version of Ian Fleming’s novel “Casino Royale” was both the book’s third adaptation and the 21st entry in the 007 catalog. This was Daniel Craig’s first turn as the British spy “with a license to kill,” and he is tasked to play high-stakes cards with a villain played by Mads Mikkelsen.

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote this: “Everything one expects from a James Bond film is here, but better. Bond gets off wisecracks at the expense of his adversaries, but this time a ruefulness underlies them: This Bond isn't invincible, and he half expects that next time his number will come up.”

You’ll have one night to see “Gorillas in the Mist,” whereas “Casino Royale” will play the full week. Which is what I mean by it being a preview: A third Bond film is coming.

That film, said to be Craig’s last – “No Time to Die” – opens on Oct. 8. Have a martini … and enjoy.

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